DEADLINE EXTENDED 2020 Dean of Medicine Awards of Excellence – CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The nomination process for the 2020 Dean of Medicine Awards of Excellence has officially begun. The goal of this vital program is to applaud the outstanding endeavours of permanent administrative support staff and technicians from across the Faculty of Medicine. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing the exceptional efforts of our administrators and technicians is more important than ever. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to acknowledge your colleagues’ essential and outstanding contributions.
Deadline: July 6
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Working towards a 20/20 Vision for Educational Excellence

The Provost at McGill University has now officially announced that courses this fall will be offered primarily through remote delivery platforms. The Faculty of Medicine has been working for many weeks to prepare for this eventuality. We will deliver high-quality curricular programs that maximize student engagement and knowledge acquisition. The Faculty is focused on refining remote teaching and learning, blended learning, safe clinical and laboratory training and we also have an eye toward the long-term future of the education that we offer.
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Finalists named for the 2020 McGill Clinical Innovation Competition – Online Event to be held on May 21

We are pleased to announce that the McGill Clinical Innovation Competition and Awards Ceremony will take place online this year.  As we face exceptional challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic together, we believe that it is vital to continue to support the development of promising new ideas that can have a lasting impact on the health of our global community.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – May 29, 2020

Message from Fabrice Labeau, Deputy Provost

The past week brought some significant changes to the social gathering restrictions in Montreal. Although the University remains operational, most employees are to continue to work from home until further notice. Only employees who are engaged in approved services (including construction projects), or approved research activities, are currently allowed on campus.
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Provost to host virtual town hall for faculty and staff

Tuesday, June 2, from 3:00-4:00 p.m., Professor Christopher Manfredi, Provost & Vice-Principal (Academic), continues his series of Virtual Town halls. This session will be just for McGill staff. The discussion will be an opportunity for academic, administrative and support staff to share their ideas and questions about navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – May 21, 2020

Message from Fabrice Labeau, Deputy Provost

As we’re seeing a gradual loosening of some COVID-19 restrictions across Quebec and Canada, I would like to take a moment to offer some updates about McGill’s campuses. Please remember that only employees who are engaged in approved necessary services (including construction projects), or approved Phase 1 and/or COVID-19-related research activities, are currently allowed on campus. All other employees must continue to work from home until further notice, as we continue to prioritize resumption of different activities on campus as needed.
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MIMM Bites Newsletter – May 2020

We are pleased to announce that the May issue is now available online. It provides news and announcements of interest to the faculty and support staff members, as well as to students and alumni members. It also presents information on department updates, upcoming events and announcements.
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Telemedicine in a pandemic

Dr. Mylène Arsenault, family physician at the GMF-U Herzl, puts her heart and soul into everything she does. Passionate about the teaching component of medical education, she is keenly aware of the privileged position that family physicians have in supporting their patients through difficult situations. “I really like our role to promote health and healing for our patients and this is why I chose family medicine,” explains Dr. Arsenault, who completed her MDCM degree and residency at McGill University, the latter within the Department of Family Medicine at the GMF-U Herzl.
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Innovation Moves Online for the 2020 McGill Clinical Innovation Competition

The third edition of the McGill Clinical Innovation Competition roused overwhelming interest across the McGill-affiliated network. Inspired by McGill alumnus Dr. Raymond Hakim, the objective of CLIC is to encourage innovative thinkers within the Faculty of Medicine and across McGill to conceive and develop promising ideas that will have a direct and positive impact on Canadian or global health care. This year, a total of 46 proposals were reviewed by an independent panel of judges—all leaders in clinical care, academia, industry, engineering and business—and five finalist teams were selected to pitch their innovative projects at the virtual event on May 21.
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COVID-19 Q&As: Rachel Rabin on coping with addiction during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is a time of increased anxiety, uncertainty and loneliness for many. For people dealing with substance abuse issues, the challenges presented by the pandemic can exacerbate their addiction. Rachel Rabin, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and a researcher at the Douglas Research Centre, is an expert on addiction. In this Q&A, Rabin discusses coping with addiction during these trying times.
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MS Month feature: studying a mysterious brain cell

Neuroscientist Jo Anne Stratton, who joined The Neuro last year, is approaching her multiple sclerosis (MS) research from a little-explored angle. She wants to understand how the ependymal cell, which belongs to the glial family of cells, supports brain health and how they might become damaged in people with MS.
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The link between loneliness and HIV

As Canada enters its third month of disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social problems such as loneliness and stigmatization become more apparent. A study published by Dr. Lesley Fellows at The Neuro, together with colleagues Dr. Marie-Josée Brouillette and Nancy Mayo at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and investigators at sites across the country, provides a portrait of loneliness linked to another devastating virus – the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV.
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Results of MI4 Emergency COVID-19 Research Funding (Round 2)

The McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity is pleased to announce funding for an additional 20 projects in Round 2 of the MI4 Emergency COVID-19 Research Funding program. This brings the total number of ECRF projects funded to date to 36, with a total allocation of nearly $3 million in direct research funding.
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Alan Evans receives prestigious Killam Prize

Neuroscientist Alan Evans has been awarded the Killam Prize, one of Canada’s highest honours, for his numerous contributions to the understanding of the human brain. Evans is an internationally recognized researcher at The Neuro, James McGill Professor in Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Victor Dahdaleh Chair in Neurosciences. The Killam Prizes recognize the career achievements of eminent Canadian scholars and scientists actively engaged in research, whether in industry, government agencies or universities. Congratulations Alan Evans!
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McGill Medical student receives national CaRMS award

Congratulations to Kacper Niburski, a third year McGill medical student with a keen interest in social change who was recently selected as the 2020 undergraduate winner of the Sandra Banner Student Award for Leadership.
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Students work to support food bank efforts to meet the needs of Montrealers

At both the societal and individual levels, food insecurity has become an important and concerning issue, among the litany of consequences of the havoc wreaked around the globe by the COVID-19 pandemic. With local food banks and shelters struggling to keep up with an increased demand, a group of McGill Medical students have launched the Meet the Need Montreal initiative, with the goal of raising funds and collecting other goods to support local organizations with whom they have partnered.
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